Northern Territory Opposition Leader Terry Mills
Review Long Overdue
Victor P Taffa
The Country Liberals should have been involved in setting the terms of reference for the review of Territory Police resourcing.
Opposition Leader, Terry Mills, said in the interests of transparency and accountability, the review’s guidelines should have the imprimatur of both major political parties.
“The Chief Minister has had to be dragged kicking and screaming by the Police Association, the community and the Opposition to get to this point.” Mr. Mills said.
“The Opposition wants an exhaustive inquiry into all aspects of Police resourcing, including the effectiveness of the central communication point, remote Policing and Policing in central Australia.”
“The Chief Minister is on the record as saying he believes Police numbers are about right, and I’m concerned this pre-determined view may help shaped the parameters for today’s announcement.” Mr. Mills said.
“I also welcome the call by the Police Association that the review should look at issues raised by my colleague, the Member for Port Darwin, John Elferink, concerning the administrative load placed on serving officers.”
“Territorians should have 100 % confidence that the Police force into the future will have the capacity to match their expectations and keep the community safe.” Mr. Mills said.